by Cal Thomas
It's a safe bet that most conservative Republicans would rush to support a political leader with the following record, especially in a traditionally Democratic state:
-- Reversed a
-- Bipartisan pension and benefits reforms, saving the state
-- Streamlining government by eliminating 5,200 government jobs.
-- Vetoing tax increase bills three times while cutting taxes for job creators.
-- Reforming the nation's oldest teacher tenure law by making it conditional on teacher performance in the classroom.
-- Reduced property tax increases to a 21-year low and capped them at a maximum 2 percent.
There's more, but shouldn't conservative Republicans be ecstatic by this record compiled by New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie?
Not the folks at the
I'm all for orthodoxy, which some call principle. I am orthodox in many things, but in politics compromise in the pursuit of ultimate goals does not necessarily make one a compromiser.
Gov. Chris Christie is no liberal. He is proving his ideas work, which is why, according to a recent
Most politicians would, as they say, "kill" for a number like that, but instead
Conservative Republicans have a unique opportunity to present a positive, forward-looking and reform-minded agenda at a time when most voters' approval of government is scraping rock bottom. Americans are aware of the current dysfunction in Washington and may be ready for a creative message if Republicans could show them how a 21st-century model would mutually benefit themselves and the nation.
Former George W. Bush aide Peter Wehner offers some suggestions in a
"First, Republicans should make front-and-center their plans to reform public institutions that were designed for the needs of the mid-20th century. Our health-care and entitlement system, tax code, schools, immigration policies and regulatory regime are outdated, breaking down, and creating substantial wreckage. If I had to boil it down to a single sentence, I'd urge the
Read this line again: "It is entirely within the power of the
A bold agenda that does these things reflects Gov. Christie's record in New Jersey. By not inviting him to speak,
Republicans should be focused on deconstructing failed liberalism and styling their alternative in positive terms, not rejecting one of their own. Hating President Obama is not a policy. Intellectually defeating his policies is.
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